New 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELT) from Emergency Beacon Corp. are at the New Rochelle, N.Y. company’s booth (No. 4074). Anticipating the February 2009 switch of search-and-rescue signal processing from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz, Emergency Beacon is offering ELTs for both cabin/cockpit and aircraft tail installation.
Iridium Satellite of Bethesda, Md., has added four North American air-ambulance operators to its subscriber rolls.
Air Methods has decided to install Sky Connect Tracker systems for Iridium-based automatic flight following as well as cockpit voice and data communications in its aircraft.
Total Aircraft Services (Booth No. 6151) of Van Nuys, Calif., has completed a radar pod for a Gulfstream III operated by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. An Earth Science Capabilities Demonstration project, the unmanned air vehicle synthetic aperture radar (UAVSAR) is jointly supported by NASA-Dryden and NASA-Jet–Propulsion Laboratory.
Dassault has selected International Communications Group (ICG) to provide Iridium satellite communication systems and handsets as options for the entire Falcon Jet line. ICG is at Booth No. 3705 with information about its ICS-100, ICS-200 and CIS-10 Iridium transceivers. Under the contract, Dassault will also offer to install ICG equipment, including cordless phone systems, ringer assemblies and PTA 12 dialer.
Garmin International (Booth No. 7619) scored a trifecta at NBAA’07, with three aircraft manufacturers– Cessna, Piper and Socata–announcing selection of G1000 avionics suites. Cessna Aircraft announced on Monday that it is adopting the G1000 as standard equipment in the Caravan single-engine turboprop, available in the first half of next year for all Caravan models.
Information from UVair, including fuel pricing and domestic location acceptance, is now available to operators via FlightAware’s flight-tracking service.
GE Aviation (Booth No. 558) has announced plans for a Business Jet Operations Center at its Cincinnati headquarters. The goal is to provide quick, single-contact support to operators of business jets powered by GE’s CF34 and CFM International’s CFM56 engines. The center, which will open next November, will be staffed around the clock with technicians capable of responding to parts availability, troubleshooting and field issues.
With the Feb. 1, 2009 deadline approaching to replace 121.5-MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELT) with 409- MHz units, French firm ELTA is preparing to market a personal ELT that will meet the new mandate at about one fourth the cost of a unit installed in the aircraft.
With global shipping giant UPS leading the way, business jet operators may soon be able to take advantage of the latest GPS-based navigation system that allows company aircraft to operate more efficiently and safely in the terminal environment.
The company that has given satcom service providers the most competition in the phone and Internet arena will now compete in the market for airborne flight-information services, too.